December 10, 2013
Less than two weeks after authorities conducted a massive dog fighting raid across Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, another five dogs have been seized in connection with the investigation.
Responders with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) were called in by federal and local authorities to rescue five American pit bull terriers from a Covington County property. The dogs appeared to be underweight and some had scars and injuries consistent with dog fighting.
Investigators believe that these five dogs are associated with the multi-state dog fighting ring that was busted on Friday, Aug. 23. The dogs will be taken to The HSUS’ temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where they will be examined by veterinarians and receive much-needed care.
“Organized dog fighting cannot be shut down in one fell swoop, but thankfully, the investigators involved in this case are dedicated to eradicating dog fighting from the region,” said Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS. “They worked to uncover these additional dogs so that we could save them from lives of pain and misery.”
The ongoing investigation also involves assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Auburn Police Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.